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Colossal Nikon S2 dummy model, 1955

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Reference: 6301

A colossal wooden dummy model of a 1955 Nikon S2 Rangefinder camera, the model with a black painted body, silver painted wooden dials, Plexiglas viewers and hand-painted detailing, serial numbers and branding. The giant, removable wooden ‘lens’ with Plexiglas window is marked NIKON KOGAKU JAPAN no. 408778 NIKKOR-S 1:1.4 f=5 cm. The body marked with No. 6120155 and period NIKON Nippon Kogaku Tokyo logos. The S2 was the first Nikon model using 35 mm film, and paved the way for later models.

Size: 55 x 29 x 32 inches (140 x 74 x 82 cm).

Early camera retailers would have been familiar with the concept of using dummy camera models in their retail establishments – much as with high-end electronic goods on display in stores today – these display versions would have been made to scale, using actual camera casings but with no internal mechanisms.

These dummies would have demonstrated the new designs well to prospective buyers, but as these were expensive items to purchase, the dummies would have meant that retailers would not have had to take their displays down each night for security.

However, the model illustrated here, being one in an available collection of seven pieces, known as Riesen-Models (great models) are the exception, and made to massive scale to faithfully resemble the actual models but would have been used for trade fairs and exhibitions, or for press and publicity for the release of a new design.

Made with an almost obsessional attention to detail, these replica cameras are made in wood with textured Rexine coverings, hand-painted dials, branding, trim and even transparent ‘lenses’, and have all the features of the originals, and in some instances employ actual camera film roll casings and lids, to create the dials and details.

Available as a collection or individually, contact us for additional details.

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